Seeing Clearly, Lucite Chic - Jean-Marc Fray Antiques
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For a decade, we have seen the resurgence of Lucite in fashion and interiors. Developed in the 1920’s and trademarked by DuPont in 1936, Lucite was readily used in aircraft and submarines during WWII due to its light weight and shatter-resistant properties.
Simultaneously, Hollywood’s Golden Era, and the accompanying Hollywood Regency style, was peppered with Lucite furnishing as it added a new and glamorous element to the classics.

Lucite curved chairs | Design by Chahan Minassian

In the 1960’s Charles Hollis Jones pioneered the use of Lucite, according to the Smithsonian. Jones said “Lucite is rebellious” and used it in his iconic Mid-Century Modern pieces, some of which were custom designed for clients such as Tennessee Williams, Frank Sinatra and Diana Ross. Many of his pieces, including the Wisteria Chair and Edison Lamp, went on to be mass produced, which was a first for Lucite.
Of course, during the disco age Lucite was all the rage– especially in fashion! In the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s the use of Lucite expanded into a variety of practical uses such as bathtubs, spas, signage, illuminated billboards, and the like.
As for use in fashion and decor, Lucite laid low for a couple decades. The new appreciation of Mid-Century Modern Classics has brought Lucite back to center stage. The beauty of Lucite is in its ability to work with traditional pieces as well as modern and contemporary designs. It can be used to store items without adding weight to a space. It adds a whisper of sophistication to a room without overpowering other statement pieces. It can be the focus or simply neutral. We think Lucite is absolutely fabulous and hope it continues to be relevant in our homes and wardrobes for many years to come.
Keep an eye out for our new arrivals next week. We will have a few new lucite pieces to consider for your home!